The Cambridge Future of the Island of Ireland series hosts Ola Majekodunmi (broadcaster, writer, and Gaeilgeoir), who will discuss ‘Language, identity, and diversity in Ireland’ with Professor Iarfhlaith Watson (Professor of Sociology, University College Dublin).

About the speakers:

Ola Majekodunmi was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and moved to Dublin, Ireland, at seven months old. She is a broadcaster, Gaeilgeoir, public speaker, and writer, regularly contributing to the Irish Times. She currently presents ‘Unheard’ on RTÉ 2XM, highlighting black and Gaelach musicians. Ola directed and produced the 2018 viral video-documentary ‘What Does “Irishness” Look Like?’ which was screened at the Belfast Feminist Festival, Belfast Film Festival and Rathmullan Film Festival, as well as the 2021 bi-lingual video-documentary ‘Say My Ainm’ in collaboration with Axis Ballymun, that was screened in the Irish Film Institute as part of Black History Month. In 2019 she co-founded Beyond Representation, an initiative that celebrates women of colour’s achievements in Arts, Media, and Business. Ola will be in discussion with Professor Iarfhlaith Watson, Associated Professor of Sociology at University College Dublin. Dr Watson was the Head of UCD School of Sociology (2017-2022), where he has been a lecturer since 1996. He has been President of the Sociological Association Ireland, elected member of the Board of the International Visual Sociology Association, Irish member of the International Social Survey Programme and an Associate Editor of Visual Studies.’

 

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